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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

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739 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 43
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001

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Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA. This pours a glowing golden and has a silky tan head with good lace. The nose is very fruity and has some nice candy malts. There is also some spicy hops and herby Belgian yeasts. This has a delicious malt structure with candy, bready sugars and tropical fruits. Perfectly balanced by the hops and yeasts. Full body fits the brew nicely. Near perfect example of the style.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem for $4 or so. I've wanted to try this one for a while and it was the first time I saw it at Abe's so i grabbed on up. Poured into a tulip glass.

I let this beer warm a bit before opening, perhaps a bit too much because as soon as I tried to take the bottle cap off beer came shooting out from under the lid. It made a little mess but I did manage to get most of it in the glass. The beer was a cloudy golden amber color, a bit darker than i expected, big white head that recedes quickly and left no lacing. Disappointment.

Smell was very belgian, somewhat aggresive sweetness from the yeast, partially hidden booze, not funky but definately fruity.

Taste was sweet, somewhat heavy bite from the carbonation that is left, more booze than i appreciate though this is understandable at 10%.

Mouthfeel is thin, maybe a bit watery but at least it isn't heavy.

Drinkability is limited by the prominence of the alcohol and the disheartening sight of a glass of beer with absolutely no head and no lacing. It just looked dead in the glass. From other reviews of this it is clear that a lot of people have enjoyed this beer and will continue to enjoy it, but it was certainly a disappointment for me.

Photo of Kraken
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Like all De Dolle the Mad Bitch pours with a massive head that refuses to receed and coats the outside of the glass. Chunky dark sediment seeps out with the dregs of the pour. Beer is a medium amber slightly hazy. Nose is very faint, light hops and malt. Taste is fairly light, and slightly bitter. Bitter apples at first, very light sweetness from malt or candy sugar, light Belgian yeast and pear like tartness. Slightly hot at the finish, as to be expected very very dry. Mouthfeel is nice and develops as it warms. Very drinkable but will sneak up on you at 10%

Photo of philipquarles
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One that I'd been meaning to pick up for a while, but kept slipping my mind.

Pours a very nice amber-gold with a huge three finger head. The head is off-white and has great staying-power--in fact, it keeps building long after being poured. So stiff that you can actually poke it with a finger and it springs back into shape. There are a lot of sediments floating around, but this is pretty standard for a De Dolle brew.

Smell is also very interesting; unlike any other Tripel I've had. Definite sweetness and fruits, but this is very well balanced by a certain spiciness.

Taste is also very unique. A LOT of carbonation. Definite sugars, but these are really overpowered by spiciness and hoppiness. Fruits are definitely there. I'd really be reaching if I said banana, but that's the only thing that comes to mind. The malt becomes evident after a few sips. Ends with a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is great. Perfect consistency and it leaves a bit of a coating like a proper beer should.

Drinkability is not so good. It's a fantastic sipping beer, but between the in-your-face taste and the alcohol, not really something I would have more than one of in a sitting.

Great, complex, and VERY unique beer.

**Edit**

A couple of days after this review, I had a bottle of the 1994 vintage (first year) at de Kulminator. It was incredible. Less sugary, more fruitiness and spicy tanginess. Definitely something that gets better with age.

Photo of ejquin
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice orangish read with decent fluffy white head.

S: Phenolic with spices, coriander. Nice sweetness. apple juice and cider spice, pears, nutmeg, honey. Very nice

T/M: Mouthfeel is very nice. Nice and slick. Medium bodied. Perfect creamy corbonation. Taste is prickly up front, fading to nice juicy fruitiness. Cinnamon apples and cider, fading to a semi-warm honey flavor finishing with hop bitterness and spiciness which lasts for a while. Alcohol not readily apparent but really warming on finish

Photo of czfreeman
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Mad Bitch pours out an golden-opaque yeasty haze color. Head is a billowing storm cloud of foam.
Aromas are huge... immediatley I get spiced apple cider, meads, nutmegs, clove, peach, d'anjou pears with caramalized cinnamon bread-like finish.
Holy Shit...I just sipped it..my god this is delicious. Cloying, spicy-sweet. Its like the best cup of spiced-spiked cider you've ever drank only a hell of a lot better. This is simply delicious.Its a liquid profile of the aromas. Alcohol is hidden by the complexity of this mouthfull of spicy goodness.I cannot go on enough about this, this is so good that a I cannot believe that 10%abv is hidden this well. It simply dissapears in the complexity of this beer.
I have just had my tastiest triple to date. I absolutley cannot wait to try another brew by this Brewery.

Photo of CWiggins
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer within the last two years on at least two occasions and failed to write a review. It then vanished from the local scene (due to its distributor going out of business), and I've sorely missed. Lo and behold, I visit a small beer shop in Greensboro, NC two days ago and they had two bottles left! I pounced and greedily took them both. (If they'd had more of these and Stille Nacht I would have cleaned them out!) Tonight I celebrate my luck by cracking open the first of two bottles of Dulle Teve.

I chose my Duvel tulip for this tasting, as the entire bottle would pour easily into it. It's a surprisingly brown hue (for a tripel), although the golden highlights betray its stylistic brethren. It sure is hazy; almost no light gets through it. The off-white head was very thick at first, but soon it dwindled into the sort of head one might notice on an English pub ale: dense and creamy, although it only covers a portion of the surface.

The smell is in-freakin'-credible; there is so much going on here that one may not need to actually drink it. (Gulp! Blasphemy!) Candy sugars, dark ripe fruit, hints of banana, strong yeasts, and the distinct warmth of alcohol hits the nose with every intake of air. And bready? Try smelling this one with your eyes closed and not imaging fresh-baked sweet bread. C'est impossible!

Big flavors attack the palate from the first sip. While the front detects sweet fruit and bitter hops, the remainder is devoted to banana, alcohol, sweet bread, honey, and just a smidgen of hop bitterness at the finish. What lingers is a beautiful alcohol warmth and mild essence of bread, along with remnants of caramel. Granted, the 10% ABV is a bit intense, but that's all the more reason to take it slow and enjoy the sensation swirling around the tongue.

This may be my favorite Belgian Tripel, hands down. It's incredibly well-balanced, and the flavors are unique to this brew while being grounded in the style tradition. Great, great, great brew!

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours all head, rising to the top, ready to overflow, then slowly recedes to reveal a clouded dark amber body. The descent of the head quickens as it goes down, eventually becoming a thin cap. Considering all of the head that was there, it doesn't leave much lacing (though some).

The smell is of earthy, herbal spicing with orange and lemon zest, black pepper, bready yeast, sharp alcohol. Sure to clean out the sinuses!

The taste is sweet and spicy. Caramel really stands out. The backing is herbal - almost medicinal with a citric zest. Slight sour mixes in as it progresses. Finishes with a warming bite.

The body is medium, but intense (tough to describe).

An intense, interesting, warming sipper. My educated guess is that it would do well with some hearty food (pork?)

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bright and pale amber with the slightest haze. A careful pour produces 3 fingers of white foam, with excellent retention as one would expect from the style.

Smell: The aroma is big and fruity: green apple, lemon peel and banana. Slightly peppery beneath that.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of esters and phenols on display here, but with a greater hop presence to balance them. Banana, apple and lemon with an earthy bitterness underneath. Sweetness is moderate but it dries up quickly in the finish. The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is high, almost champagne-like.

Photo of RomanW70
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange gold with a huge foamy head. Aroma of yeast, geass, citrus, light fruits, and spice. Tastes much the same with a vineous quality that shines through at the end. Finishes very smooth with a warming alcohol. Excellent beer. One of my favorite tripels.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured a rusty orange-brown color (similar to farmstand apple cider). Dense, fluffy two-inch head with some effervescence present in the solution; excellent retention with lots of sticky lacing. Body was almost opaque, but some light penetration. Scents of yeast, light-skinned fruit, candy sugar and a lingering tartness in the back of the sinuses. Some complexity in the mouth. I still can't quite tease out the fruit flavors, but there is a really nice balance between the fruit, spice (clove & coriander), sweetness (candy sugar & honey) and alcohol character. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, warming and pretty smooth considering the head. Drinkability is quite good for a tripel; alcohol is well-hidden, and the harmony of flavors makes this a really pleasant brew to sit back and savor.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is brownish colour with a big head that stays around for quite a long time. It has a fair amount of carbonation as well.

The smell so the beer has a lot of fruits to it, and it has a tartness to it. The beer has a big bite from the carbonation and has a sweat wheat taste to it. The complexity of the beer makes it quite difficult to taste everything. The alcohol is also quite prevalent. The flavours include some sweet apples flavour to a slight banana taste from the wheat. However a hint of tartness is there right before the alcohol hits. The feel is creamy and carbonated. The beer tastes good, but it's not something I'd want again.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ours hazy yellow/gold, generous white head that retains well.

Nose has lighter fruits but still full flavored in those lighter but juicy fruits - apricots, peaches, and some tartness from pineapple maybe.

Nice pizza dough quality on the malt side of things, but then the hops & herbal qualities, together with fruit, come together and create a complex taste that keeps your palate guessing. Well integrated. Interesting all the way through the bottle.

Finish hides the alcohol well and is incredibly drinkable for such a high ABV ale.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

It pours a merky brown color that resembles muddy water. Very little light is let through.
Looking at it you don't really expect much.

When smelling nothing is really over powering. There is the smeel of yeast and something sweet.

As soon as the beer hits your tongue you are overwhelmed with loads of differnt taste that you try and identify. The mouth feel is very milky. It starts out fairly sweet with hints of spice, yeast and orange (maybe). Kind of hard to identify because of all the taste the beer has. The finish is slightly bitter and you can really start to feel the alcohol start to travle down your throat.

This is an incredibly interesting beer with loads of taste. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of Slynger
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Mad Bitch pours a hazy, dirty, hay color with a tangerine tinge. A nice big fluffy cloud of a white lid sets atop.

Smells of sweet candi sugar and flowers amidst apples, pears, and peppery-spicy yeast.

Soft, full, smooth, creamy carbonation. Awesome. Sweet sugar cookie dough maltiness with lots of golden fruity and yeast, and a strong white peppery/spicy alcohol.

Mad bitch is a real good tripel. It has a bit more peppery spice and alcohol I'm used to in a tripel, but they only serve to add to the enjoyment.

Photo of Benway
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was Beer of the Month at my local shop. I owe them one.

Appearance. Golden and a little cloudy with sediment suspended throughout. Head was thin and dissipated as it warmed to almost nothing.

Smell. This was fantastic. Try smelling this without tasting it! Definite alcohol overtones but they carry so many excellent complexities within. The yeast imparts a spiciness that is incredibly smooth and almost creamy combination of citrus (orange juilus?) and banana bread.

Taste. Very smooth and full taste. No aspect overpowers and a great balance of malt, yeast, hops, alchohol and spiciness. As it warms, the alcohol is a bit more pronounced in the aftertaste. An excellent example of a tripel for sure.

Mouthfeel. See above. Very well rounded. Only knock would be the lingering of alcohol. Not surprising for a 10%er

Drinkability. This is one that you want to keep sipping and are sad when it's gone. The alcohol will keep you in check but another bottle will cure the sadness of finishing the first :)

Photo of ROMER79
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a murky mustard yellow and had a frothy two finger head. It had an awesome aroma of oranges, lemons, honey, and sugars. The taste was great. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, bitters, honey, and sugars were all in the mix.
The feel was crisp and refreshing. It is a great triple. Definitely a great beer to enjoy. I could definitely enjoy a few of these after a long week!

Photo of Cromster
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bottle into a trappist goblet

Appearance - Golden yellow in color with a thick foamy white head. Good lacing and the head lasted the whole tasting.

Smell - Citrus, yeast. Very sweet smelling. This beer has a great smell.

Taste - Citrus, spices, yeast and hops, all with a good solid alcohol kick to it.

Mouthfeel - Feels warm in the mouth with lots of bubbles. Almost reminds me of champange.

Drinkability - This is one great tripel. I personally am a big fan of triples and this is one of the best I have had so far. I could see myself knocking back a few in a sitting.

Photo of sawbones420
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer guy at Bauer pulled this out the back for me because he remembered my saying that I love tripels. Man do I love tripels...

Not one to spend so much on such a small quantity of beer - especially after being burned twice by the two overpriced, underperforming Founder's breakfast stouts - I decided to splurge and pony up 6 bucks for this slender, brown, 330ml bottle from Belgium. Josh was drooling a bit while he was recommending it, so I figured it might be worth a try.

I catch a whiff before I even get a chance to pour it into my snifter - whooo. The pour is a deep honey color with medium head that quickly resides. Some big bubble stick around after the fact, but no lacing to speak of.

Sweet, sugary smell. Some sour apple and a strong back-nose of honey. There's some other stuff going on in here, but I can't put my finger (nose?) on it.

Taste is big and fills the entire mouth. Perhaps slightly more carbonated that I was expecting, this one is crispy. Big on sweetness as the smell suggests, there's a strong malt backbone that comes around after you finish your sip. The leftover sweetness around the back/sides of the tongue is leaving my mouth watering for more. The alcohol warmth after a bigger than average sip reminds you this isn't one to go overboard with. Apple-ish flavored burps. mmm

On the whole, a delicious brew. Still, I don't see myself spending the money to pick up another bottle. I can't imagine aging this beer would do anything except make it syrupy and even sweeter, which in my eyes wouldn't be a desirable thing. A solid offering, though I'll still take Westmalle's tripel above all else if given the option.

Photo of ballewblake
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh my lord. easily one of my favorite beers and I finally got some to drink in my own home! and they aren't skunked like the huge De Dolle batch I bought that were (think a case and half that were bad.) anyhow

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip because every De Dolle beer I pour into my Oerbier glass goes everywhere! The head on these beers is insane and even the most gentle pour is a challenge with keeping the head in the glass. Opaque amber brew with a head the went to the absolute top of the glass. The head wouldn't go down fast enough in my eagerness to enjoy this rare jewel for me. Moderate lacing on the glass with a low encapsulating head around the amber brew. Smell is easily the best I've had to date, especially for the tripels, very sweet and very De Dolle, that same distinctive yeast they use in seemingly all of their beer. At a loss for words, intoxicating aroma that makes it hard for me to want to finish the drink. Taste isn't to disappoint. Crisp and sweet with obvious candy sugars. Easy on the tongue and very drinkable. Yum.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slender Belgian bottle with no freshness date, but probably a year or so old. All-malt, with white candy sugar in the kettle. The beer is golden-orange with a few dregs, medium carbonation, and three inches of white head that leaves lace and clumps of foam on the glass. Fruity and spicy in the nose, with pineapple, peach, apple, citrus and doughy yeast - very nice. Strong flavors - similar to the aroma - with the addition of candy sweetness, red and green apples, and a light dosage of green hops on top of a tingly and dry, almost full body. A very nice ale, fruity and spicy - another winner from the Mad Brewers.

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: With foam spuming from the bottle, this beer pour a cloudy honey color with a huge head that provides dancing patterns of lace all over the chalice

Smell: Overripe melon, pear and apple, coriander and candi sugar, with hints of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a blend of fruit and herbs, with apple skins, pear and coriander; by mid-palate, it almost starts to burn from the peppery spices; after the swallow, the candi sugar and overripe melon flavors arrive, along with plenty of alcohol to wash everything down

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and effervescent; warmth on the way down the gullet

Drinkability: Quite impressive, but the cacophany of flavors is not something I would want everyday

Photo of calsbeek
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bit cloudy into the glass, though it was a dirty pour. My bad.
Thick rocky head, good retention, nice lacing. The carbonation crackles along the side of the glass.
Smells very very good. Citrus. tangerine, and spicy cream.
Tastes fantastic. Bursting with delicious fruits. Very nice.
Nice carbonation. Light body. The carbonation is intense but coupled with the fruit and body it works very well.
Drinkability is incredible given the alcohol content. I could drink this all night. Boot and rally. Wow.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the name. The "Mad Bitch" pours with a large foamy head. Great lacing and retention. Has a hazy dark yellow/orange color.

Smells of yeast spices, fruits and earth.

Tastes similar to the nose with the yeasty and spices on the front lines backed up by a complex fruitiness and malts. I did even know this was over 7% until I looked it up on BA. Great beer.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old 750 ml bottle, looks like from 2002. A nice little find... Into the St. Bernardus goblet...

A - Dark orange body with lots of off white head, with really good retention, and good lacing...

S - Sweet orange, melon, honey and slight coriander aroma mixes with floral perfumey notes. Alcohol is present, but not as assertive as in other examples of the style.

T - The entry focuses on a sharp tartness and s sweet honey aspect that seems to stick all the way down to the throat. A building bitter orange peel flavor compliments the intense spiciness of this beer at the swallow. The finish is a nice and long mix of honey, spice, floral notes, and funk. Good, balanced example of a tripel.

M - Crisp and full, standard for style.

D - Age did nice things for this beer. Among the best examples of the style I've had. Not too intense, but exciting.

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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